Six Word Journey

Sunday November 6, 2016 10:45am

Sam Jones DRE

Join us on November 6th for our ALL AGES SERVICE called “6 Word Journey” We are all invited/challenged to come prepared to succinctly describe our spiritual/religious journeys in 6 words. Parents are encouraged to help their children come up with their own. Sharing is optional, but there will be an opportunity to do so. Conversation about our 6 words can later be shared during coffee hour.

We Begin Again

Sunday October 23, 2016 10:45am

Rev. Sharon Dittmar

During the celebration of Jewish High Holy Days, which have just concluded, our Jewish friends reflect on their behavior and actions of the past year and consider who they might have accidentally or intentionally harmed. Everyone could benefit from such reflection. Tree of Life has just experienced the departure of a minister, which can be complicated, hard, and confusing. Please join us as we will explore the challenges of living in community, belonging in a covenantal faith, and how we begin again after loss. Our speaker joins us from the UUA regional offices and immediately after the worship service, she will facilitate an opportunity for members and friends of Tree of Life to talk and listen to one another during a “Congregational Conversation.”

Jim Scott in Concert October 28, 2016

jim3Pete Seeger calls him “some kind of a magician”. Jim is a composer and musical activist.

For more than three decades, Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates the earth. His songs and poetry have inspired and educated audiences around the world. He has developed presentations for every age group and crafted songs that sensitize his listeners to the beauty of the earth, teaching principles of ecology in memorable verses.

“The Earth and Spirit Songbook” is an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace, arranged and edited by Jim, including songs by many contemporary songwriters with some of his own.  From his work with the Paul Winter Consort where he co-wrote the celebrated Missa Gaia – Earth Mass and many other pieces, including his “A Song for the Earth,” recorded live at the United Nations on the album Concert for the Earth, Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work.  His recordings “Earth, Sky, Love and Dreams” and “Sailing with the Moon” include many of his eco-anthems.

In songs, choral music, instrumental soundtracks for several documentaries and the PBS series “Body and Soul”, Jim continues to make music with a depth of artistry and craft that separates his music from that of many other singer songwriters.  Jim has also ventured into musical theater. His musical “The Tree and Me” has been given full cast productions in Jamestown, New York, and Albion, Michigan, and its songs have become anthems for activists and educators. “The Rainforest Song”, written in a workshop with elementary students, has been published by Hal Leonard Publishers. “Plant More Than You Harvest” was included in a Sony Kids CD “Put On Your Green Shoes”.

As Co-Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Seventh Principle Project, Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program and accompanying handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations. He performs many benefit concerts and often appears at events, supporting environmental causes with his music.

And now Jim Scott is coming to Tree of Life to perform a Pete Seeger tribute! Friday October 28, 2016 7:30pm. Tickets are $12-$20 on a sliding fee scale and can be purchased at the door. We ask that you be as generous as possible. Contact for questions or more information: 815-322-2464 or office@treeoflifeuu.org